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Odds and ends

05/31/03

Parking for Upper West Side destinations
Liberty and 117th in Queens, about 15 miles from the Upper West Side

 

Rockaway Boulevard procession

 

Radiator blocking pay phone
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

 

Emergency Party sign, Hebrew lettering
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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World's worst newspaper?

05/29/03

I've never seen a newspaper that was as consistently bad as the Indianapolis Star -- not to mention the racism in the second photo here. It's even worse than the San Francisco Chronicle!

Indy Star: front page of City and State section

Indy Star: Chinese delicacy: SARS found in 3 small mammals in China

Indy Star: Hooray for Congress!

Indy Star: There's no easy way to get rid of mold.

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Back from the Bronx

05/28/03

And was that a great @#*&$ ballgame!

Bottom of the ninth, tie game, one out, Matsui doubles to left and takes third on a throwing error. Two consecutive intentional walks; for some reason the Sox want to face Posada. Jim and I look at each other and say, "walk Posada." It's the only way it can possibly end -- and it does.

I definitely picked the right game of the series to go to.

Yankee Stadium left field upper deck

Right field at night

Batter swinging, ball coming off the bat

Mike Mussina sign with Bullwinkle
Yankee Stadium

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Indy 500

05/27/03

This was my first experience with auto racing; I'd never even watched it on TV. And it was surprisingly enjoyable, even knowing virtually nothing going in.

standing at attention for the national anthem

blurry blue car

car number 54, with a blurry background

pit stop

sideways photo that looks like giant stairs
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Memorial Day

05/26/03

Happy Memorial Day, everybody.

Here are some, well, memorials.

Old Jewish tombstones

New Russian/Jewish tombstones

New Russian/Jewish tombstones
Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn

The front lawn of the old cemetery administration building seems to have yielded to a space crunch and itself become a burial ground, this time around for Russian Jews. I had no idea that this engraving technology existed.

 

HONOR, from a war memorial
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

 

Indiana war memorials
Indianapolis

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DUMBO

05/24/03

I'm wondering if the people who are attempting to come up with a catchy name for my neighborhood will succeed in gentrifying it to the point where there are no slogans painted on the sidewalk discouraging the use of crack cocaine.

I suppose it's better to have the sidewalk graffiti discourage crack-smoking than encourage it, but still.

(For those just joining us, real-estate developers renamed Fulton Ferry/Vinegar Hill "DUMBO," or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Property values skyrocketed.)

Sprinklers Throughout Building / Sweet Knuckles

ad for a closet for rent in trendy Williamsburg
DUMBO, Brooklyn

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Broad Channel

05/23/03

(Further reading on Broad Channel.)

Rural-looking house

Cute house, with tree

Classic car on blocks
Broad Channel, Queens

 

Regular visitors to this site may remember my obsession with Hoyt-Schermerhorn, and will please indulge the fact that I posted this otherwise uninteresting photo:

A train to Hoyt-Schermerhorn
Far Rockaway, Queens

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Groovin'

05/20/03

I don't know who Rudayday is, but he has a great eye for photography, and his Brooklyn DMV photos came out a lot better than mine (though his photo is conspicuously lacking in Hasidic Jews). And his Brooklyn Storefront Houses of Worship site, which I linked to a few weeks ago, is still one of the greatest photo collections I've ever seen on the web.

Highly recommended.

 

Two old buildings connected by bridges
Gowanus, Brooklyn

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Remnants

05/19/03

Republic Airlines ad
59th and (I think) 3rd

 

The Hold Steady

Craig of the Hold Steady
The Hold Steady at the Mighty Robot

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For the birds

05/17/03

11:30 p.m. I'm waiting at Queens Plaza for the G train that just isn't coming, so I sit down, and the middle-aged guy two seats to my right is doing something strange. I look closer, and he has a little bird in his hand! He's caressing it, kissing it on the mouth, petting it, and it's squirming around a little. The train comes, we get on, and he puts the bird on his shoulder, first on one side of his red-striped jacket, then on the other. The little bird has a green body and a red tail that almost matches the jacket, and for a moment it's free to fly away -- but where would it go?

He plays with the bird a little more, kisses it a few more times, and puts it back in his jacket pocket, where I can see a little splash of green through the white fabric. He pulls out a Russian newspaper and starts reading, giving me a good look at the amateur (jailhouse?) tattoo on his right hand: Boris (in Cyrillic).

I feel a little connection: this average-looking guy, with combed-over black hair, long sideburns and alligator shoes, has a bird in his pocket, and no one on the train knows except him and me.

Then Boris folds up his newspaper, pats his pocket and gets off at Broadway, and it's over, except for my grin the rest of the way home.

 

I have NO idea:

Mainland, USA / Saucee Wings / It Tastee Through to the Bone
Jackson Heights

 

Um, no thanks:

For Special Dish Ask Waiter
Missing some quotation marks?, Jackson Heights

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Miscellany

05/16/03

Deformity Appropriative
Suzhou, China

 
Children at play
Chelsea

 

Grand Army Plaza at night
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

 

Reflected projected video
Chelsea

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Over budget

05/13/03

Met Life building at night
Met Life building, Madison Square

 

Clean up after god
Gowanus, Brooklyn

 

clouds over Times Square
Times Square

 

ALTTEXT
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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The Bronx

05/12/03

A gorgeous tag.

sober
From the 4 train, somewhere in the Bronx

 

meat market with a giant cow on the awning
Melrose, The Bronx

 

The best hand job in the Bronx

energy drink ad
Van Nest, The Bronx

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Around the Gowanus

05/11/03

someone canoeing in the canal

miss me and are very concerned because I am an epileptic and require medication

ORDINANCE of the City: Any Person Driving over this Bridge Faster than a Walk will be Subject to a Penalty of Five Dollars For Each Offence

two pairs of jeans on a wire fence

Under the Tracks Playground, abandoned

The End (on a Dead End sign)
Gowanus, Brooklyn

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Serenade

05/10/03

The most astounding part of Serenade was that the cops didn't shut us down until we'd more or less stopped bothering anyone, and then they even shut down the Williamsburg Bridge to let us through.

Not too many action photos; I was too busy beating a drum and blocking traffic.

picking instruments and flags

picking instruments and flags
Gearing up, at ABC No Rio

 


bonfire at East River Park
East River Park

 

impromptu bodega serenade
Impromptu bodega serenade, Williamsburg

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Miscellany, mostly trains

05/08/03

Q train with reflection
Q train, Brooklyn

 

discarded popcorn
Soho

 

no fur sticker on the subway prohibitions sign
A train, somewhere in Brooklyn

 

Remember this filled-in mosaic? Well, I think this one was a lot more democratic:

mosaic with missing tiles filled in
Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, lower level

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Around Jamaica Bay

05/07/03

Angled doorways
Jacob Riis Park, The Rockaways

 

Use of cameras prohibited - strictly enforced
Marine Parkway (a.k.a. Flatbush Avenue) Bridge

 

If I cropped out the top of these photos, would anyone believe they were taken in New York City?

boats from a subway train water from a subway train
Jamaica Bay, from the Rockaway Park shuttle
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More from Bushwick

05/06/03

I'm actually really starting to like Bushwick...found a great pupuseria, and what more does anyone need?

Extremely peeling sign
Same building, flaking mailbox sign
Brownstones with three flags
Bakery: Big Fruits and Vegetables
Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Floyd Bennett Field

05/04/03

Stumbled across this little gem on my way from Flatbush to Rockaway Park.

Hangar

Beware of Propellers

NYC FAB

NYC wings
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

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Best thing I've seen all week

05/04/03

Anger Management - Bringing Down - Head of State
Kings Plaza, Brooklyn

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We were just lying down, but they'll say that we fell

05/03/03

fractal plant

tiny blue flowers
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 

Happiness is having your own driver's license

S & M Children's Wear
Bushwick, Brooklyn

 

Time Moving & Storage
Times Square

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